Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne is supporting plans to set up a sovereign wealth fund for the North of England using shale gas revenue. Speaking to BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, Mr Osborne said: “There’s a very interesting idea which we want to explore, which is whether you could create a sovereign wealth fund for the money that comes from the shale gas that we’re going to be pulling out of the ground, particularly in the north of England. That’s a way of making sure this money is not squandered on day-to-day spending, but invested in the long-term economic health of the North of England to create jobs and investment there.” --Yorkshire Post, 9 November 2014
Newly amplified warnings about climate change had to compete in the US with shrill, last-minute political advertising before the party of climate activism suffered humiliation in midterm elections. An illuminating sideshow was exasperation expressed by many voters over video appeals by desperate campaigns that, in the month or so before Nov. 4, made television painful to watch. By election day, Americans had received their fill of sponsored prevarication. From their revulsion, officials of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and their emissaries can learn much.
A recent report on Australia’s National Broadcaster - the ABC by environment and science reporter Jake Sturmer begins:
The world's top scientists have given their clearest warning yet of the severe and irreversible impacts of climate change.
The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has released its synthesis report, a summary of its last three reports.
The forecast minimum for Fort Collins on Saturday is -1F, which would be the first November 15 below 0F ever recorded there. From my experience, temperatures usually come in several degrees colder than forecast there during Arctic cold snaps.
The warmest November 15’s were 1981 and 1949.
Those two words can literally bring chills to its hearers, as last winter attested. Several major weather websites are bringing those two words back into the conversation, as a polar vortex is forecast to make a dip south this week, bringing a possible outbreak of cold air to the region.
In a recent release, AccuWeather.com warned of very cold air and lake effect snow as a result of this “arctic invasion.”
“Areas from the northern and central Plains to the Great Lakes, the upper Gulf Coast and the Appalachians will feel significant impact from this arctic outbreak,” AccuWeather long-range expert Paul Pastelok said.
Republicans, who will control both chambers of Congress next year for the first time in nearly a decade, wasted little time last week making it clear that approving the Keystone XL pipeline is at the top of their legislative to-do list. Green-lighting the 2,700-kilometre pipeline has been a Republican priority for years. Now they finally have the votes to do it.
That's a significant problem for President Barack Obama, who has gone to great lengths to avoid tipping his hand on whether he'll approve the $8-billion project that would carry 830,000 barrels of carbon-heavy crude per day from Alberta's oilsands to Gulf Coast refineries.
The inimitable Don Surber wryly observed the failure of coal billionaire/environmental hypocrite Tom Steyer to get very much for his money last Tuesday. He has been around long enough and is appropriately jaundiced enough to note:
Politics like any other aspect of life has its fads. Remember the Beatles haircuts? Gun control fell out of fashion. Socialists celebrated the Sandy Hook shootings only to discover that Americans wanted better enforcement of existing gun control, and better mental health treatment.
New research in Germany has found that tree growth has accelerated since 1870. Analysis suggests that this is due to a rise in temperature and longer growing seasons.
Forest stand growth dynamics in Central Europe have accelerated since 1870
Hans Pretzsch et al.
The midterm elections underscore how much Americans value energy, job and economic revival – and how much they want less Washington control of their lives, livelihoods, and dreams for their children and grandchildren. They also reflect the waning influence of radical Obama and Steyer climate change and anti-energy environmentalist elites. If ever there was a time to end the ban on oil exports, it’s now.
With U.S. demand for oil products falling, production rising, and myriad studies making a strong case for selling American crude abroad, the president and Congress should terminate the ban as soon as possible.
This story is all over the Internet.
OGDEN — The greatest snow on earth could be in danger, according to an environmental advocate and writer who spoke to students at Weber State University Tuesday about the effects climate change will have on snow and the ski industry. By the end of the century, some scientists predict Utah will no longer be a skiing destination, because global warming will prevent snow from falling and in turn will affect the ski industry.
On December 10, 2007 Nobel Laureate Al Gore predicted an ice-free Arctic “seven years from now”. That date rapidly approaches, with Arctic sea ice at a ten year high.